WOOSTER, Ohio – The Franciscan volleyball team dropped a pair of 3-0 matches Friday night to open the 2018 Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic hosted by Wooster. The Lady Barons fell to Adrian in the first match of the evening before dropping a 3-0 match to Marietta.
The Lady Barons struggled to get in an offensive rhythm early in the first set against Adrian as they found themselves down 14-3 early. Franciscan trimmed the deficit down to 17-5 but Adrian closed out the opening set on an 8-0 run to take a 1-0 lead with a 25-5 win.
Franciscan regrouped and started to get into a good groove in the second set but after tying the set at 10-10, the Lady Barons struggled to put together another run as Adrian used a 15-3 run to win 25-13 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bulldogs and Lady Barons battled in the beginning of the final set but after an unforced Bulldog error cut the Adrian lead to 10-8, Adrian pulled away and took a 15-9 lead. Freshman Becky Murgia made it 20-15 but that would be as close as the Lady Barons would get as Adrian closed out the match with a 25-17 win.
"While I wasn't really happy with how we played in the first set tonight, I am proud of how the girls battled back and adjusted," remarked head coach Kelly Herrmann. "Adrian has a really phenomenal setter and we had to really adjust because of injuries. We were able to put some really get plays together, we just have to be more consistent."
The Lady Barons dropped the second match of the day to Marietta, 3-0, by set scores of 25-13, 25-11, 25-19, though stats are not available at this time.
"Jess Lehner earned a spot outside and has really been playing great volleyball for us this year," remarked Coach Herrmann. "If you look at the progress she has made from last year to this season, it is impressive. Emily Nutter played all the way around tonight and did a great job setting from the front row."
The Lady Barons return to action tomorrow as they play Dennison and Oberlin in the final day of the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm.